The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

February Theme:  Voice

For the first half of 2011, I will take time to focus on picture books that you can use with each of the Six Traits of Writing.  Each month will be dedicated to a new trait.

December 2010 – Ideas

January 2011 – Organization

This month’s theme is Voice.  How can we use picture books to model for students how authors create a voice in their writing? What exactly is voice?

The NorthWest Regional Education Laboratory (NWREL) defines voice as, “the heart and soul, the magic, the wit, along with the feeling and conviction of the individual writer coming out through the words.”

Recommended Grades: 2-5

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is the Wolf’s version of the original. In his version of events, he had a little cold that caused him to sneeze and blow down the pigs’ houses. All he wanted to was to borrow a little sugar to bake a cake for his grandma.

Lesson idea: Read aloud this book and discuss how the author took the perspective of a different character and wrote a story from that perspective.  With your class, brainstorm other short stories or fairy tales that might be conducive to writing from the perspective of a different character.  Encourage students to take a known story and write from the perspective of a different character.     

If you are looking for additional resources and ways to teach voice to students, find past posts under the Voice tag.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about organization or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

©2011 by Dawn Little for Picture This! Teaching with Picture Books. All Amazon links are affiliate links and may result in my receiving a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you.


3 thoughts on “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

  1. Keith Schoch March 5, 2011 / 8:45 AM

    I passed your link onto the third and fourth grades in my school. They’re doing a terrific job teaching reading and writing, but I know they’re always looking for mentor texts to help them model those traits. What’s cool about those you provide is that they’re at students’ independent reading levels, so they can always go back and refer to them when needed.

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